A Lynchburg man is dead after a tractor-trailer crash in Smyth County.
It happened on Interstate 81 at mile marker 43 on April 5 at 4:20 p.m.
A tractor-trailer was going north on I-81 when it did not slow down in time for traffic caused by a work zone. That truck rear-ended another tractor-trailer that was in front of it. The crash caused the first truck to run off the right side of the road and catch on fire.
The driver of that truck, 67-year-old James Barricks, died at the scene.
Here is the press release:
Virginia State Police Trooper T.N. Pickel is investigating a fatal crash in Smyth County. The crash occurred at 4:20 p.m., on April 5, 2018, on Interstate 81 at the 43 mile marker.
A Kenworth tractor-trailer traveling north on I-81 failed to brake in time for traffic up ahead that had slowed for a work zone. The Kenworth tractor-trailer rear-ended an International tractor-trailer traveling in front of it. The impact of the crash caused the Kenworth tractor-trailer to run off the right side of the interstate and catch fire.
The driver of the Kenworth tractor-trailer, James T. Barricks, 67, of Lynchburg, Va., died at the scene.
The crash remains under investigation.